Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Solving your problems through the energy of the flesh only makes them worse.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Pharaoh that was involved in this fiasco was a very unusual person; he was an unbeliever and he puts Abraham to shame when it comes to the manner in which he handles life and the use of his justice.
Abraham is trying to solve his problems in the energy of the flesh which is when we simply complicate our lives and add to the problem.
Abraham tried to solve his problems by leaving Canaan and going to the Negev, the place of apathy and indifference toward doctrine or just simply neglect or some break in spiritual momentum due to many reasons.
2JO 1:8 Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished [your momentum and your spiritual growth].
Neglect of doctrine means rejection of doctrine.
GEN 14:23 - Abraham actually refused a tremendous amount of wealth because it involved compromise, but he refused it as a mature believer.
The difference lies in the fact that doctrine actually makes a man out of a wimp whereas reversionism makes a wimp out of a man, and at this point it is wimpy Abraham.
While Pharaoh did not know that he had taken Abraham’s wife into his harem, Jesus Christ, the supreme court judge of heaven, did know it and the principle becomes quite obvious... ignorance is never an excuse for anything.
Pharaoh’s volition was involved in taking Sarah even though his cognizance was not involved, and the point is that God holds us responsible for our volition, whether it is cognizant or ignorant.
Logistical grace is defined as divine planning, divine support, divine provision, and divine blessing for the fulfillment of God’s will, purpose, and plan for your life.
a. Life support is provided for every Church-age believer.
b. Blessing is provided for every Church-age believer, both winners and losers.
c. Divine provision for every Church-age believer to execute the PPOG.
1. Since Sarah as the wife of Abraham is included in the Abrahamic covenant, logistical grace demands her protection.
2. Until the promise is fulfilled nothing can happen to Abraham and nothing can happen to Sarah.
3. The weakness and cowardice and deception of reversionistic Abraham does not remove Sarah from divine protection.
4. Abraham turned against Sarah but God never turns against the believer.
ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
ROM 8:26 And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
ROM 8:31-32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
ROM 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
1CO 10:6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.
2CO 4:17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
HEB 9:24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
HEB 11:11 By means of doctrine resident in the soul even Sarah herself... since she considered Him faithful who had promised;
5. When believers betray you or turn against you, like Abraham did to both Sarah and the Pharaoh, God remains faithful to you and sustains you with His logistical grace.
6. God has a plan for Sarah’s life and the betrayal by Abraham cannot destroy that plan.
2CO 13:8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.
7. Human weaknesses and failures do not change the plan of God.
Reversionistic Abraham has treated Pharaoh unjustly while the unbelieving Pharaoh does not treat Abraham unjustly.